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The inside story of Apple's $14-bn tax bill

Maxforce concluded that Ireland allowed Apple to create stateless entities that effectively let it decide how much tax it pays

Gaspard Sebag Dara Doyle & Alex Webb 

‘The Maxforce’ is the European Union (EU) team that ordered Ireland to collect billions of euros in back taxes from Apple, rattled the Irish government, and spurred changes to international tax law. You’d think it might have earned the name by applying maximum force while investigating alleged financial shenanigans. It didn’t. It’s just led by a guy named Max. A European Commission official gave the nickname to the Task Force on Tax Planning Practices in honour of its chief, Max Lienemeyer, a lanky, laid-back German attorney who rose to prominence ...

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First Published: Sat, December 17 2016. 00:22 IST